Five Can’t-Miss Events: Feb. 15–21

Celebrate winter in Newport, watch innovative children's films, listen to swing in the historic Lippitt House and more fun things to do.

1. Newport Winter Festival

From Newport Winter Festival Facebook page

Chill out with all of the fun that the thirtieth annual Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Known as New England’s largest winter extravaganza, the festival will feature more than 150 events including a chili cook-off, live music, food, and activities for all ages. Attendees can enjoy ice sculpting demonstrations presented by Bailey T’s, listen to the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, partake in a princess party with Moana and Ariel, and enjoy a country music fest. But don’t worry grown-ups, there’s fun to be had for you as well! Adults can enjoy Polar Pineapples, an event with signature cocktails, hot drinks and spectacular views of the bay. For ten days, the Newport Winter Festival hosts an avalanche of fun.
The Details: Feb. 16–25. See website for event times and prices. Various locations in Newport, 401-847-7666,

 2. Providence Children’s Film Festival

From Providence Children’s Festival Facebook

With more than ten days of screenings of film productions created for children and youth, the Providence Children’s Film Festival features films, provides film making workshops and hosts free activities that speak positively to children and teens of all backgrounds. Each event promotes critical thinking and community connections. The films shown vary in style, and include shorts, live action, multinational and feature films. Alongside the films, a variety of eating and shopping options will be available with festival discounts.
The Details: Feb. 16–25. See website for event times and prices. Various locations around Providence, 401-209-7585,

3. Minor Swing Concert at Lippitt House Museum

Extend the Valentine’s Day spirit with an intimate concert from Minor Swing, a group that emulates Django Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France. Minor Swing has been bringing jazz to the New England area for more than a decade, and the group features gypsy guitars, violin and contrabass. Enjoy the romantic tunes of this collaboration at the Lippit House Museum.
The Details: Feb. 15. 6 p.m. $15–$20. Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St., Providence, 401-453-0688,

 4. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Join the Rhode Island Philharmonic for its performance of Romantic Rachmaninoff, conducted by Michael Christie and featuring pianist William Wolfram. The pieces featured include Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff and The Firebird: Suite by Stravinsky. The concerto is emblematic of Rachmaninoff’s struggle with depression and how his physician helped restore his sense of confidence and self worth. Stravinsky’s piece is a ballet and orchestral concert work about a hero prince who saves thirteen princesses who are trapped under a spell. The prince uses the aid of an enchanted Firebird to save the day, with bombastic, triumphant results.
The Details: Feb. 16–17. Fri. 6:30 p.m. Sat. 8 p.m. $15–$89. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-421-2787,

5. Newport Bridal Show

From Newport Bridal Show Facebook page.

Saying “yes” was only the first step and wedding planning can be overwhelming, especially if you are unsure where to start, but the Newport Bridal Show (held in two sumptuous locations) is here to help. Gain wedding day inspiration through the fashion shows, get ideas for your wedding playlist with live music, meet with a variety of wedding companies and enter the $5,000 Lenox gift-registry giveaway.
The Details: Feb. 17. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. and OceanCliff, 65 Ridge Rd., Newport,

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.


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